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Catholic Recipe: Gook


  • 1 cup table salt
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch (laundry starch also works)
  • 1/2 cup boiling water


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Difficulty: • •

Cost: $$$$

For Ages:All



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Also Called: Playdough; Play dough; Modelling dough; Craft dough

This recipe is a mixture of salt, cornstarch, and water, which dries as hard as a rock. You can use it to model doves, inserting a candle in each one for the "tongue of fire." You can also use it for Christmas tree ornaments, or to model miniature figures, rosary beads, homemade jewelry, and other little shapes. Use poster paints and shellac, as well as glitter for a final touch.


Mix salt and cornstarch in saucepan. Add boiling water and stir until well mixed. Hold over fire and stir rapidly until mixture is thick and of a consistency for modeling. Let cool a few minutes after removing from pan. Avoid modeling anything too delicate, or rolling too thin for the cookie-cutting. Individual batches of it may be colored with vegetable coloring. This mixture takes about five minutes to prepare.

Recipe Source: Year and Our Children, The by Mary Reed Newland, P.J. Kenedy & Sons, New York, 1956